Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo has admitted he was a fan of Celtic back in his English Premier League playing days, following the fortunes of the club due to his relationship with former star Cristian Gamboa, The Scottish Sun report.

Neil Lennon’s team visit Denmark on Thursday night hoping to take a big step towards last 16 qualification in the Europa League.

Oviedo signed for Copenhagen last summer and although not a regular in Stale Solbakken’s team, played twice in the group stage of the competition helping them progress to this stage.

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If the Hoops weren’t playing the Danish side, Oviedo could well be looking out for our result, claiming he used to always watch the Scottish champions back when he played for Everton.

Oviedo has won 55 caps with Costa Rica (Transfermarkt), playing alongside 77-cap Gamboa on many occasions and apparently striking up a great friendship.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Celtic are a really good team. In fact, I used to support them because a really good friend of mine, Cristian Gamboa, used to play for them.

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“When I was playing in English football I would always watch them and catch their games on TV. I never got the chance to watch him at Celtic, although he was always inviting me up.

“They are a really strong team and it is going to be a huge test for us on Thursday.”

First leg expectations

Oviedo notes it’s a massive test for Copenhagen, but it’s also a huge one for Lennon and his Bhoys. Copenhagen represent a real step up in competition compared to our other matches since the return from Dubai.

They’ll be giving it their all, just like us, to reach the next stage of the Europa League.

After a big away result against Serie A high-flyers Lazio this season, hopes will be high that Odsonne Edouard and company can pick up another magical win on the road.

Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo

Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo / (Photo by Jan Christensen / FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

However, coming away from Denmark from a score draw would be a massive positive for the Hoops, knowing we are more than capable of seeing off almost anyone in front of a sold-out Celtic Park.

The two-leg tie is going to be a great measuring stick for our current progress under Lennon and I can’t wait for kick-off this Thursday evening.

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